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I recently upgraded a friend's Dell Mini 12 (Inspiron 1210) from Ubuntu 8.10 to 10.04 netbook edition. After installing, and performing the available updates, I'm unable to detect any wireless networks (it knows it has a wireless card, but won't list any active networks).

There also seems to be an issue with the display drivers: when scrolling, resizing, or drawing any windows there is a noticeable lag as I watch the screen redraw. As if there are no compatible display drivers installed.

All these problems go away the moment I boot up a version of 8.10. But I'd like to keep 10.04 if possible.

Are these common problems? Everything I've read suggest this is laptop should be compatible. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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According to the Ubuntu wiki page on netbooks the display driver issue is well known. For Lucid the recommended fix is to install updated graphics drivers from a PPA.

Per that page execute the following commands in the Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gma500/ppa && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install poulsbo-driver-2d poulsbo-driver-3d poulsbo-config

then reboot to enable the newly installed drivers.

With wireless, the solution is less well-documented, but it looks like many netbooks have success using the Broadcom STA drivers. These can be enabled by the "Hardware Drivers" application (under the "Administration" menu).

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Fantastic! That solved both problems. My friend will be happy to have her laptop back. – Bryan M. Aug 11 '10 at 23:09
Thanks. This helped me out as well! – Tim Cooper Mar 16 '11 at 19:15
+1 Thanks a lot, that fixed display issues with my Asus EEE 1201HA – Justas Mar 5 '12 at 21:18

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